Max Verstappen says making mistakes in the early stages of his Formula 1 career is an acceptable price to pay, as making them in lower categories may have blocked his path to ever making it to the grid to begin with.
Verstappen debuted in F1 as a 17-year-old with Toro Rosso in 2015, becoming the youngest grand prix racer in history.
He has since won five races and is regarded as a champion in waiting, but his early years were characterised by a bold style occasionally spilling over on-track, especially in his early days at Red Bull, which saw the Dutchman tangle with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.
But Verstappen says making mistakes at the highest level was the best place to do so.
"I only had one year of F3 experience, and of course you make some mistakes in Formula 1 which maybe other people did in juniors or whatever," he told RACER.
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